THEODORE GUY PERCY HUMPHERY

 

 

Born: 10th June 1865, Rajshahi, Bengal, East Indies.

Baptised: 24th December 1865, at Rajshahi, Bengal. Parents: Percy Adolphus & Emily Ann Humphery.

Died: 24th July 1900; age: 34; Died of Enteric Fever – 20 days, and exhaustion at the Military Hospital, Green Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

Sometime ago he was taken ill, but a letter home stated that he had recoveredand was again going to the Front. A relapse set in, however, and about the time the letter reached Bath came the telegram announcing his death. Bath Chronicle & Weekly Gazette – 2nd August 1900.

ENTERIC FEVER   Enteric Fever (eneterica serotype bacteria) was a rampant bacterial infection during the South Africa Boer War – 1899 – 1902.

This systemic disease, now known as Typhoid Fever, from the bacterium Salmonella typhi, is characterised by fever and abdominal pain. The disease is spread via the lymphatic system and can affect other parts of the body, or even the whole body. The symptoms usually developed a week or two after a person had became infected bringing on a high temperature, headaches, coughs, lethargy, aches and pains, lose of appetite, sickness and diarrhoea. After 2 – 3 weeks intestinal bleeding.

Enteric Fever was originally thought to be spread via dust storms and flies.

Human carriers with acute illness can contaminate the surrounding water supply through their faeces, which contains a high concentration of the bacteria. The polluted water supply can, in turn, taint the food supply. Enteric (Typhoid) Fever is then contracted by drinking, or eating the contaminated food or water. This bacteria can survive for weeks in water or dried sewage.

In 1897, an effective vaccine was developed by Almroth Wright and William Leisman, at the Army Medical School, Netley. At the time of the Boer War, the new inoculation had many side effects, and soldiers refused the voluntary immunisation. The inoculation was still voluntary in August 1914, when Great Britain entered the First World War. 

Residence: 11, Marlborough Building, Bath, Somerset, and Camden House, Oulton Broad, Suffolk.

Occupation: a Barrister at Law.

Religion: Plymouth Brethren.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 79.

Regiment: City of London Imperial Volunteers, 14th Middlesex (Inns of Court) Volunteers.

 

Clasps Awarded: Paardeberg, Dreifontein & Cape Town.

 

Laid to rest on the 25th July 1900.

 

Grave Reference:

Maitland Cemetery,

Cape Town,

Western Cape,

South Africa.

 

CENSUS

 

1871   Parkside Westbourne, Holdenhurst, Hampshire.

 

Theodore was 5 years old and living with his maternal cousin, step brother & sister.

Frances Elizabeth Cuthbert Bamber, 21, a Lady, born Dum Dum, Bengal, East Indies.

Percy Edward May Humphery, 9, born Cherrapunjee, Bengal, East Indies.

Hilda Percy Humphery, 12, born St. Paul’s, Bedford, Bedfordshire.

1 cook.

2 general domestic servants.

 

1881   Cleeve Hill, Weston, Somerset.

 

Theodore was 15 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Percy Adolphus Humphery, 42, a retired Judge – Bengal Civil Service, born Clapham, Surrey.

Emily Ann Humphery (nee Kilby), 38, born Fort William, Calcutta, Bengal, East Indies.

Geoffrey Percy Humphery, 13, born Rampore, Bengal, East Indies.

Hilda, 11.

Roland Oliphant Percy Humphery, 6, born Bournemouth, Hampshire.

Dorothy Helen Percy Humphery, 4, born Clifton, Gloucestershire.

1 governess.

6 servants.

1 coachman + his family.

The Boer War.

Theodore’s father, Aldophus Percy Humphery, had been a judge for the Bengal Civil Service, for 16 years, before his retirement in England. He became a leading figure among the Plymouth Brethern, in Bath, and had many of his comments on Scripture published in articles and and pamphlets. Owing to his failing health he moved from his home at 11, Marlborough Building, Bath, to ‘Kowlrouse,’ St. Ives, Cornwall, where he died in April 1911.

 

Plymouth Brethern information courtesy of Tom Chantry – https://www.brethrenarchive.org/people/p-a-humphery/

 

Theodore’s paternal grandfather, Alderman John Humphery, was a Whig politician for Southwark, from the General Election 1832 to the General Election 1852. He became Lord Mayor of London 1842 – 1843 – Mother Livery Company – Tallow Chandler. John’s son (and Aldophus’s step brother), Sir William Henry Humphery, was a Conservative politician. In 1898, he was created the 1st Baronet of Penton Lodge, Hampshire.

 

Theodore was in partnership with Mr. Richard Fairey, as Timber Brokers’ Agents & Merchants, carrying out their business at Bishopsgate House, 55, & 56, Bishopsgate Street, London. On the 10th November 1896, Fairey & Humphery, & Co., was disolved with mutual consent. Richard died in the summer of 1898, age 41, at Hendon, Middlesex, leaving a widow and their 3 young children. The Fairey family circumstances dramatically changed. At 15 years old, Richard’s second son, Charles Richard Fairey, left education to take up employment to help with the family’s financial problems. Charles became a skilled designer craftsman, and innovator. In 1915, Charles formed his own company – The Fairey Aviation Company – a British aircraft manufacturer.

 

Theodore is also remembered on a memorial at Maitland Cemetery, Cape Town, and at All Saint’s Church, Upper Weston, Hampshire, with two stained glass windows, each depicting an angel with inscription and decorative stone border; plus a private bronze tablet with regimental badge at the head with laurel wreath, erected and funded in Theodore’s memory by the regimental fund, and The Right Hon. Sir Alfred Newton Bart Lord Mayor.

 

Clifton Society – Bristol – 25th April 1901.

 

The Rev. E.H. Hardcastle bade farewell to his parishioners at All Saint’, Upper Weston, Sunday, prior to Leaving Bath to take up his duties in connection with the parish of St. Martin’s, Canterbury. Apart from the fact that Sunday was the last occasion upon which Mr. Hardcastle would occupy the pulpit as Vicar, special interest attached to the morning service on account of the dedication of a handsome stained glass window, recently placed in the church in memory of the late Mr. Guy Humphery, son of Mr. P.A. Humphery, who lost his life in South Africa nine months ago. Mr. Humphery’s sisters have always taken great interest in the work of the Parish of All Saints’, and are amongst the most ardent workers at Upper Weston. Below the window is the inscription: “To the dear memory of Guy Humphery, who died for his country in South Africa, 24th of July, 1900.”

Elsewhere in the church a memorial tablet has also been erected, and it is inscribed as follows:- “City of London Imperial Volunteers. Dulce et decorum est pro patria Mori. In memory of Theodore Guy Percy Humphery, a private of this regiment, and also in the 14th Middlesex (Inns of Court) Volunteers, son of Percy Aldolphus and Emily Humphery, of this parish, who died at Cape Town, 24th of July, 1900, during the South African campagin, aged 35 years.” This memorial was erected at the expense of the Regimental Fund. The Right Hon. Sir Alfred Newton, Bart., Lord Mayor. 1899 – 1900.”

Above the inscription are the initials “C.I.V.” surrounded by a device of laurel leaves.

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